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Focus Group to Look at Basic Income System








he BC government announced today they plan to look at this summer that would provide everyone in BC with a basic income. This, they say, would lift people with enough money to live above the poverty line. But some the BC Liberals say this will be incentive for people not to work.


Three distinguished researchers have been appointed to lead a B.C.-focused exploration of basic income.


The committee will oversee independent research to test the feasibility of a basic-income pilot in British Columbia. It will also look at how basic-income principles might be used to improve the existing income and social-support system. The committee will also consider the impact that advances in technology and automation, and other shifts, are predicted to have on the labour market over the next several decades.


“The researchers will look at whether a basic income is a viable option to reduce poverty, build financial security, and increase inclusion and well-being. This is a complex area of study, and our government looks forward to learning more about how to enhance the income-support system, to achieve measurable and lasting improvements for people living in poverty,” Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.


Andrew Wever, learder of the BC Green Party says "Amidst trends like automation, part-time and contract work, the nature of our economy and the jobs within it are rapidly shifting. There is strong evidence that basic income can provide greater income security, while saving costs in other areas. We proposed exploring how basic income could work in B.C., because government should have a plan for the changes on the horizon. The panelists are highly qualified, knowledgeable and creative thinkers. I am excited to work with them on this innovative project."





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